Women's Campaign Forum Statement on Governor Sarah Palin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2008
Women’s Campaign Forum was founded to advance the political careers of pro-choice women.
Throughout the years, despite continuing pressure, we have been proud to remain non-partisan. Why? Because we believe with great conviction that strong women leaders exist on both sides of the aisle. Over time, we have supported talented Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and Greens. The common thread that has linked these qualified women is their belief that the ability to make personal reproductive decisions is fundamental to women’s privacy and liberty. We believe the implications of this issue are so serious that they transcend party politics. We believe that if welcome is not extended to women candidates who break from their leadership’s orthodoxy, we will lose the broad community of support required to protect choice.
This year, we made the decision to support Senator Hillary Clinton for President. It was a difficult one – nothing threatens the perceptions of a non-partisan organization like a presidential endorsement. However, we did so based upon her outstanding ability and proven leadership. During her two Senate terms she has been a tireless advocate for reproductive rights, leading on issues such as prevention of unintended pregnancies, availability of emergency contraception and expansion of family planning services. Even now, she is battling over new regulations that could all but ban birth control.
Since Governor Sarah Palin’s nomination, we have been asked if we would support her. Were Governor Palin an advocate for women’s reproductive choice, we would be thrilled to consider her for endorsement. However, she is not. Governor Palin believes our country should deny women the right to an abortion even in cases of rape or incest. This is not the agenda or kind of leader that WCF works to advance.
We join with other women’s organizations to express our dismay at Governor Palin’s early reception. We hope that no question is asked of Governor Palin, in her public or private life, which would not be asked of the male candidates as well. We hope the media will refrain from stereotyping comments that damage all women regardless of party affiliation or ideological position. For the second highest office in the land, we hope she will be judged, quite simply, on her merits.
Women’s Campaign Forum is proud to support pro-choice women regardless of party affiliation. We look forward, with all our hearts, to watching a woman sworn in as President of the United States, and then watching her ensure funding to family planning organizations that discuss a full range of reproductive options, insist upon medically accurate sex education in our schools and appoint Supreme Court Justices that will keep Roe v. Wade strong for years to come. Sadly, Governor Palin is not that woman.